So we made it through January with our fitness resolve intact and thriving. Go us!
Now, we have to survive February….
See, January is easy. Everyone and their dog is on a diet. Health clubs are full, diners are empty. After a season of holiday excess, January swings the health pendulum in the opposite direction and detoxes everyone a bit.
Then February 1st rolls around and we start to get cocky. We think about how we’ve been sooooo good and that it’s time for a little treat.
Here’s how the mind works in February:
We think we can “portion control” some of those buffalo wings at the big Super Bowl party. Oh, and some of that cheese dip, and the nine layer dip, and that mountain of meatballs in the shape of a football. Oh and there’s BEER here too?!?!?! NOM NOM NOM
Before you know it, your team is losing, Beyoncé has lip synced the half time show, and your pants are tight.
But Monday is a new day right?!?! Oh, look your co-worker has a bowl full of Valentine’s candy on her desk. You eat a piece every time you walk by her desk.
Then it’s Valentine’s date night and there’s wine and chocolate and fondue.
Before you know it, you’re up five pounds and it’s March.
Now, I’m not telling you to skip the Super Bowl party. I’m not telling you to forget about Valentine’s Day with your Honey either. I’m saying be mindful. This month is a slippery slope. Slippery as an eel. Proceed with caution!
Super Bowl is one day. Valentine’s Day is one day.
If we treat holidays as a day and not a month-long feast, we’ll be fine.
Let’s promise that we will finish February just as strong as we finished January. Health habits intact!
Lest we end up repeating last year’s mistakes….
Care to share any strategies for surviving February? Tell me before I head to that Super Bowl Party!!